One of the finest batsmen of modern ODI cricket, Dean Jones has recently passed away at the age of 59
This former Australian cricketer was part of the IPL 2020 commentary team of Star India and suffered a cardiac arrest at a hotel in Mumbai on Thursday.
Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, told the press that Deano will always be remembered as one of the game’s biggest legends.
Many cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Justin Langer also expressed their sadness through their social media accounts.
Justin Langer revealed that he wanted Deano to become the Australian T20 team mentor for the upcoming T20 world cup.
But today we will not talk only about the news of the death of this great cricketer, but instead, we will celebrate his achievements.
That’s why here we mention about the Top 10 facts about Dean Jones, you must know.
Top 10 Dean Jones facts we must know
1) A tough debut
On the 1984 tour of the West Indies, he was selected in the Aussie squad as a replacement for Graham Yallop.
Even though he was not picked in the initial XI, but was drafted immediately after Steve Smith fell ill.
Even though Jones was quite ill before the match, he made 48 runs from 104 balls against a bowling lineup with greats like Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall.
That’s why Deano often described this knock as the best knock of his entire career.
2) Dean Jones revolutionized ODI batting
Dean Jones revolutionized the way ODI cricket was played in terms of batting.
He was one of the very few batsmen to start using their feet even against faster bowlers in the death overs.
His aggressive running between the wickets put pressure not only on opposition fielders but also on his fellow non-strikers.
Jones finished with 6068 runs at an excellent average of 44.61 and is still regarded as one of the greatest ODI players the world has ever seen
3) Member of the 1987 World Cup-winning team
Dean Jones was an important member of the Australian team, which ultimately became the 1987 World Cup champions.
Batting at the critical number three position, he was the one who laid the foundation for the Australian innings.
Jones ended with 314 runs ( at an average of 44 ) from the tournament, including three half-centuries.
He made a crucial 33 in the final against England and helped Australia clinch their first World Cup title.
4) Not just an ODI great
Though we mainly remember Jones for his ODI batting, he also played 52 Tests for Australia.
In his eight-year-long test career, Dean scored 3631 runs at an impressive average of 46.51
He scored 11 centuries and 14 half-centuries in his career that spanned between 1984 to 1992
His ability to adapt quickly in any condition made him unique, and some people consider dropping him from the Test team was a wrong decision
5) An innings that defined resilience:
Dean made an impressive debut with his gutsy 48 against the famous West Indian team.
But it was his resilient 210 in the tied test against India in 1986 that really solidified his position in the team.
Suffering from dehydration, Jones battled all of those adversities and went on to score 210 from 330 balls.
Jones has described this knock as the most defining knock of his entire test career.
6) A trendsetter in the cricketing world
Jones revolutionized ODI batting with his electric running between the wickets and superb fielding.
With a lot of practice and match experience, he quickly became the master of accelerating the innings from the very beginning.
He also became the only player to score ODI centuries on consecutive days against England and Pakistan, with both the match happening in Perth.
Even though he scored seven hundred in his ODI career but his best innings came in the Benson & Hedges World Series 1988-89, where Jones scored an unbeaten 93 off 82 balls against a strong West Indies attack.
7) An abrupt end to test career
In 1992, Jones was at his best as a batsman and was the backbone of the Aussie middle order in both formats.
Against Sri Lanka in 1992, in his last test series, even after scoring a good amount of runs, he got dropped.
Damien Martyn was chosen ahead of him, and Jones went back to playing county cricket.
Though he was dropped from Tests, he kept playing ODIs, but a dip in the form there meant an axe there as well.
8) Commentary and coaching career – A new chapter
After retiring, Jones quickly turned into a television commentator and was often called ‘The Professor’ for his fascination for numbers and in-depth match analysis.
What’s so good about Jones was his natural ability to speak his mind out, and therefore, whatever he spoke, good or bad, connected with the audience.
He also turned coach for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, where he guided them for two title victories.
This year he was associated with Karachi Kings before the pandemic broke out and the tournament got cancelled
- Dean was named in the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in its 1990 edition
- He was the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in the year 2000
- He also received the prestigious Centenary medal from the Australian government in the year 2001
- Jones became a Member of the Order of Australia in the year 2006
10) Synonymous with controversies
On 7th August 2006, Dean called Hashim Amla, who is a Muslim with a beard as a “terrorist” behind the wicket, which went on live TV.
That racist remark was not received well, and his commentary contract got terminated with immediate effect.
Jones admitted that he had a nine-year affair with a flight attendant and fathered a son whom he had never seen.
That, too, has drawn a lot of controversies from people all over the World.